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Thursday, September 29th, 2005

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It is hot and humid here. This is the rainiest month in SE Asia. I have to say we have been lucky. It has been overcast with upwards of 80% humidity but rain has done little to spoil our plans. After our very smooth flight to Bangkok we stored our Polar luggage at the airport and made our way into the city. We got settled inot our hotel and immediately went out to dinner. We went to this place called Supatra which is a very fancy deal right on the river. They actually pick you up on one side of the river and drop you off in their dining room. We had what seemed like five waiters…apiece. We had a “magniata galatica”; a unrestrained eating session. In the end we spent about $50. Incredibly cheap!

In the morning we left early for the island of Ko Samet, about 3 hrs east of Bangkok. We spent a tranquil few days there on the beach. But, as many of you know, the beach isn’t really my bag. And, considering we are going to have no shortage of tranquility in Antarctica for the next 4 months, we opted for the buzz of Bangkok. We came back to the city for the big weekend market, Chaktuchak, where we spent the day shopping for…stuff. We have been eating like royalty while visiting temples and royal houses. Yesterday, for Luci’s sake, we went to see Roger Ferderer play at the Thailand Open. That’s tennis, by the way, for those of you like me who don’t have a clue. He won.

This is our last day here in Thailand (for the time being). Tonight we have a dinner cruise on the river complete with Thai dancers for our last hoorah. How the dancing on the undulating deck works, I’m not sure but, I guess we’ll find out. Tomorrow morning we fly to Hong Kong. We’ll spend one night there and then take the boat to Macau. That’s five more stamps on my tired old passport; two entries and 3 exits.


Monday, September 19th, 2005

The shifting tides are taking us to the other side of the world tomorow. It kind of snuck up on us. We have been in Italy for almost six months. Tomorrow we start our two week journey back to the Ice. Our first stop is in Bangkok for a couple of days of RR. Then we fly to Hong Kong for the weekend to shop for knock-offs.

It will be the last flight on my old passport. I have had it since I was 20. I only have one empty page left. Since we are going to offically be in NZ for about 5 months and my passport expires in February I am going to have to get my entry permit on my shiny new one that I got here in Milan at the consulate back in May. It is going to be sad to put the old passport to rest. It need a rest though. You can’t even read the outside anymore and the lamination has been coming off the cover page for the past five years. My only regret is that I never got a stamp in it from South America which would have been the 7th continent I would have visited.

I’ll try to get some pictures up from Asia.

Closing Boccalatte

Friday, September 9th, 2005
Airgreen.jpg The end of the season has come and gone. The last two weeks at the hut were incredibly slow. The weather was touch and go and the nice periods never lasted long ... [Continue reading this entry]